Dobility Inc - Digital Data Collection for Development and M&E

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The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Mugar 235

160 Packard Ave

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Interested in development, M&E, or socially-minded technology applications? Join us at 12:30 next Wednesday, April 6th, in Mugar 235, when Tech@Fletcher will host a presentation from Christopher Robert, founder of Dobility Inc, and his team.

There will be room for questions and discussion with the Dobility team, so if you are interested fieldwork- or tech-focused careers post-Fletcher this will be a great opportunity to get an idea of what it’s like to work in this space. Also, there will be pizza!

Here are a few topics you can expect to see in the discussion:

Digital data collection that goes beyond surveys: offline mobile data collection tools started out of the impact evaluation space but as these tools have gotten more sophisticated they are being used for a broader range of development work, from inspections/monitoring to mHealth and electronic patient record systems to inventory management, even educational assessments. Going forward, what are the possible ways mobile apps could be deployed? How are they currently being used in creative ways? In what ways could “mAnything” apps alter the development space? Are their concerns/drawbacks to digitizing everything (like security)?

About Dobility: Dobility is the company behind SurveyCTO, a mobile platform for data collection in offline/resource-constrained settings. More broadly, Dobility is a technology company dedicated to a social mission: to promote more and better research and analysis in the world by providing affordable, human-usable technology. We focus in particular on technology that plays some small role in the achievement of social aims. Our product, SurveyCTO, grew out of several Harvard-based development economics projects in Tamil Nadu, South India that were hoping to use a mobile platform to conduct fieldwork. The same technical challenges seemed to plague every project, and it became apparent that better technology could dramatically simplify the lives of research team members, reduce project costs, and improve data quality.

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160 Packard Ave

Medford, MA

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